Places I have been

Pu’er on Danks

Pu’er on Danks is an Asian fusion restaurant and tea house. The decor is quaint and oriental inspired with porcelain tables and wooden stools.  Service is impeccable; staff are happy to share their favorites and explain the variety of teas and menu items.

What comes to mind when someone says, ‘let’s grab Chinese for dinner’? Basic takeaway, fried food and some fried rice? No, not at Puer.

The menu is modern Asian fusion, which means the flavors connect to traditional Chinese cooking and incorporate modern influences i.e. street food!

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The tea steamed dumplings are scrumptious, the scallop dumplings are magnificent. The gyoza were perfectly cooked with a nice crunchy skin.

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It is a toss up between the street food and dessert for my favorite component of the meal. Hong Kong mini burgers comprised of a panko crusted piece of pork on a sweet golden bun. Wagu’s taco’s were totally amazing the wagu melted in my mouth and the taco bun was deliciously light and fluffy.

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The green beans with pork was divine and a huge portion.  Three cup drunken duck was so tender and the meat fell off the bone, the photo does not do the drunken duck justice.

All the meals were delicious and seasoned to perfection. I have to warn you SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT.

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The desserts were divine. I loved the coconut sorbet and black sticky rice with the gorgeous coconut syrup to drizzle on top! The red bean donuts were light and fluffy and totally Moorish!

The teas are perfectly matched to your taste and desire. The tea light candle creates a great ambiance on your table and keeps the tea warm.

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Puer is a great local Chinese restaurant that I would go back to as the food was enjoyable. The street food was so easy to share. The food is unique and a touch more expensive than traditional Chinese.

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The full menu is available online

http://www.puer.com.au

Pu’er
20a Danks Street Waterloo
NSW Australia 2017
P: 02 8399 1331

Thank you Pu’er for inviting me to dine at your establishment as a guest, all opinions in this post are my own.

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The Grumpy Barista Petersham

The Grumpy Barista Petersham

What a quaint corner café!!! As you walk into the café; the awe and wonder of ‘what’s in the glass box’ will excite your tastebuds. You will be faced with traumatic dilemmas, what panini and/or cronut will I have? The variety of cronuts does change regularly the Nutella injected cronut seems to be a favourite, and is regularly sold out! the Honey and Pistachio, maple syrup and macadamia, white chocolate and raspberry with pistachio brittle.

Cronut filled with custard, topped with Nutella, sprinkled with cookies and served with a Nutella syringe shot AMAZING !

Cronut filled with custard, topped with Nutella, sprinkled with cookies and served with a Nutella syringe shot AMAZING !

Toby’s Estate coffee is served. Despite its name – ‘Grumpy Barista’ – the coffee is superbly crafted and has a superior taste and delicate smoothness. Staff were friendly and obliging.

Toby's Estate beans used to craft my delicious Latte

Toby’s Estate beans used to craft my delicious Latte

The ‘Green Smoothie’ was filling and delicious, packed full of super foods to counterbalance the cronuts, heaps of non coffee drink options available.

Uber delicious and super healthy green smoothie

Uber delicious and super healthy green smoothie

The Rueben – A super delicious and filling sandwich, was divine – the perfect amount of mustard, generous amounts of corned beef, smothered between some sauerkraut and rocket.

The Ruben

The Ruben

You need to make sure you save some room for the Cronuts – a light and flaky ball of goodness. I chose the Nutella Injected Cronut with custard filling, with a Nutella syringe very yummy and definitely a winner
The café has ample indoor and outdoor seating so you should always find a spot to savour all of the scrumptious goodies at the Grumpy Barista.

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Prato Cafe Diner – Abbotsford


Prato Café Diner

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There is never a dull moment when dining at Prato. In the extra large café, the constant bustle of clients can be heard.  The wait staff are uber friendly and attentive that they even remember you name and order. The kitchen staff busy creating, baking and preserving.

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The décor is warm, cosy and has a gorgeous garden outlook from the back veranda; it can, however, get a little noisy when it is a full house.

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Most of Prato’s products are made in house, the bread, kefir, muesli, cakes and cookies just to name a few! Campos coffee is served and perfectly crafted each time.

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The food at Prato is superb! Every dish is impeccably seasoned and presented; the passion the kitchen team has for food is evident in each dish that is served. The banana bread is the cake of choice, made on sight and super delish!azimuth:0.000000||elevation:0.000000||horizon:0.000000

The breakfast/brunch menu has loads to choose from; the house made muesli or quinoa porridge are my favourites. The sautéed mushrooms on toast are amazing, as is the house smoked bacon and egg roll.Bacon and egg roll

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Try the available bruschetta’s; they make a robust meal packed with flavour combinations which include beetroot ‘n fetta and hommus ‘n roasted cauliflower.
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Sourdough is made on site, the pistachio and fruit loaf is perfect, bacon is house smoked, kefir is fermented on sight, the guys in the kitchen are passionate about creating good quality whole food.

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What is Prato missing? A big breakfast plate – the quintessential Sunday option. You can assemble your own by ordering the eggs and adding extra’s as you wish. Prato’s service can be a little sluggish, during busy periods.

I am a Prato breakfast/brunch fan; it is my go to place in the Inner West. Parking is ample and untimed.

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